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The following comes through the courtesy of Ian Rhodes , visit his website at:www.RhodesFamily.org.uk

This is the last will and testament of me, Matthew Rhodes, Farmer of Mottram in the County of Chester. I give and bequeath half my household furniture whatsoever to my daughter, Tabitha Rhodes, for her sole use and purpose. The rest of my property, incomes and all securities in my possession at my decease to be left in the hands of my executors to be kept on as here to be and the rents, easements and all income whatsoever to be equally divided between my son, Goddard Rhodes, my daughter, Tabitha Rhodes, and my grandchild, Mary Rhodes Bradley, to and for their own use and benefit absolutely.

And I nominate, constitute and appoint Goddard Rhodes and Tabitha Rhodes to be executors of this my will. In witness thereof, I the said Matthew Rhodes have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand the 24th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six.

Matthew   X   Rhodes

Signed by the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have herewith subscribed our names as witnesses ---- Isaac Shaw ----- Edward Thompson

On the 2nd July 1897 Probate of this Will was granted at Chester to Goddard Rhodes and Tabitha Rhodes, the Executors.

Source: Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service - ref MF 91/49 WR38 P423

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